Horizontal Machining Centers (HMC)

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Published: 6/20/2018

A Different Kind of Machining Center
If one horizontal machining center is good, then three on a single platform should be better, right? That’s the thinking behind the Multicenter concept from Italian builder, Porta Solutions. It blends the volume production capabilities of rota...

Published: 5/6/2018

Four Questions a Shop Considering HMCs Should Ask
Compared to vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers offer the potential for improved spindle uptime, cycle times and throughput. Although they come with a higher price tag, their higher productivity can be significant to shops of al...

Published: 2/1/2018

Why Tie Payroll Hours to Machine Tool Hours?
J&R Machine uses machine-monitoring data not just to track machine uptime, but also to create a financial index that helps it shape decisions related to equipment, processes, staffing, sales and business in general.

Published: 1/1/2018

What Does It Take to Succeed at Machining Hogouts?
Beyond the machining capacity, other important factors relate to the people and the understanding of the process.

Published: 12/1/2017

The Shift to Horizontal Machining Centers Gathers Steam
Metalworking companies, especially job shops, continue to invest more heavily in HMCs. This trend points to the inherent capability and flexibility of these machines for producing complex, high-value workpieces.

Published: 12/1/2016

The 2016 Capital Spending Survey
The machine tool market bottomed in the summer of 2016, but will continue to rebound in 2017 as shops invest in technology for unattended operation.

Published: 11/1/2016

Clearing Weldment Machining Challenges
Rather than replacing an old horizontal boring mill with a similar model, this manufacturer of stone-cutting equipment now uses a dual-pallet HMC with a quill spindle to provide W-axis extension to reach past weldment obstructions and more effective...

Published: 11/1/2016

The Role of Employee Incentives in Successful Automation
This shop doesn’t emphasize lights-out production so much as leveraging automation while the lights are still on. One key to this is a wage and compensation plan that rewards employees for maximizing automation’s impact.

Published: 10/3/2016

On Power, Torque, Speed and Hogging Titanium
The T-Rex spindle from Fives Giddings & Lewis is designed for high-torque and low-speed cutting critical for hogging titanium.

Published: 9/1/2016

Vertical Machining Cells Challenge Horizontal Dominance
When part volumes are high, and success is measured in pennies and seconds, moving away from horizontal machines requires creative thinking about robotics, cutting tools, workholding and more.